September 26, 2023

Have you or your children finished your Home Education?

Trademe has a couple of discussions going on the Message Board on Home Education.

The first one they are looking for those who have finished their home education.

“Just wanting to hear from people who have been homeschooled themselves. Did you go right through with homeschooling, or did you go to school at some point? Why were you homeschooled (parent’s choice, or necessity)? How did you find it? If you transitioned to school later (eg, high school), how did you find that? Did you go on to tertiary education? Lol, just a few questions πŸ™‚ Would love to hear people’s experiences.” Click here to add your experience

The other thread is a general home education discussion which has been going for a long time. Do take time to visit:

MoE/ERO Reviews

Some-one asked on hefnetnz and Trademe Message Board

“Is it TRUE that the MoE have decided to review every home schooled child in the next 12 months?”

Here is Craig’s answer:

Gidday all,

I think you can relax about this. Back in 1997/8 it was found that
neither the MoE nor the ERO actually had the legal authority to conduct
reviews of home educators. The Education Legislation Amendment Act (No.
2) closed up that loophole by adding sections 328A through 328D to the
main Act plus a couple other bits and pieces. So now it appears that the
ERO (not the MoE) has the power to order either general or specific
Reviews. The MoE buys a certain number of Reviews from the ERO each
year, about 600 or so, I believe. That’s just under 10% of the home
educated children out there.

For all of the approximately 6,500 home educated children to be reviewed
in the next 12 months would be a massively expensive logistical exercise
in terms of money, time and personnel. It won’t happen. They have to
give each of you one month notice (don’t ever accept less than this),
and then some of you will sadly inform them that the date they suggested
is totally out of the question for this or that reason.

It wouldn’t hurt to, at this time, check out what the Education Act
actually says in this regard. You can go to:

and click on “Acts” search and then type in “education act” under “quick
search title”, then click the first item in the list, “Education Act
1989” and read through Sections 323 through 328D. It doesn’t hurt to
have a squizz at the enrollment, attendance and exemption bits in
Sections 20 through 35A and the bit about truancy officers in Section
31. It is all very instructive.

I cannot find anywhere in the Education Act or any of its Amendments
that any school is required to teach anything in particular. Section
35A(1)c requires private schools (not state schools) to inculcate the
sentiments of patriotism and loyalty, but I cannot find that state
schools are required to do any more than be open and provide teaching of
a secular character…that is, it doesn’t appear to me that schools are
required by law to teach reading, writing, arithmetic or anything else.
And a read through Sections 60 through 64 does not convince me that even
state schools are required by law to follow the national curriculum
guidelines, which themselves don’t seem to require much of anything
either, except sexuality education all across primary and secondary


Craig Smith
Moderator, Hefnetnz

National Director, Home Education Foundation

Last of Issacharian books on Trademe

Genevieve has moved to Australia so we are selling the last of her Issacharian Books and Patterns:

Life in the Single Lane by Aprill Brunson

2 left Normally $24.00 on special at $17.00

Life in the Single lane

Outside Hollywood by Isaac Botkin

2 left Normally $35.00 on special at $30.00

Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald

0 left Normally $40.00 on special at $28.00 SOLD OUT

Be Fruitful and Multiply by Nancy Campbell

5 left Normally $30.00 on special at $23.00

Christian Modesty/Public Undressing of Ameria

Normally $12.00 on special at $9.00

Sensibility Patterns-Regency Spencer/Pelisse

3 left Normally $20.00 on special at $18.00Regency Spencer/Pelisse Pattern

Sensibility Patterns-Regency Gown Pattern

0 left Normally $22.00 on special at $20.00 SOLD OUT

Regency Gown Pattern

To purchase please email or ring 06 357-4399 or click on link above each photo to bid on Trademe. Thanks

Individual Keystone Magazines-2006

Keystone Magazine-2006

$6.00 each plus postage


$1.50 each or

up to 6 for $1.50 or

up to 12 for $3.00


January 2006 (4 copies only)
Feature Family: Lamb-Miller Family

The Faith of Us Fathers: Why Do You Educate Your Own Children? by Rodger Williams

Over a Cuppa: Two Schools, Two Choices; Parent-Directed Christian Education by Andrea Schwartz; Why Christian Education? by Michael Drake

When the Going Gets Tough: Rest for Weary Homeschool Mums, Pt. 2 by Jane Bentley

Graduates Speak: Brett’s 2005 Resolutions by Brett Harris

Home Education Research: Will Your Children Be Christian? by Bruce Shortt

Tough Questions People Ask: β€œWhat Will You Do If Homeschooling (or Smacking) Becomes Illegal?” – Conviction versus Preference, Pt. 1 by Attorney David Gibbs

Learning Disabilities: My Experiences with Visual Thinking Sensory Problems and Communication Difficulties, Pt. 1 by Temple Grandin, Ph.D

Teaching Tips: Suggestions to Combat Homeschool Burnout by Laurie Bluedorn

plus more……..


March 2006 (5 copies only)

Feature Family: Peter and Helen Bryant;

The Faith of Us Fathers: When a Father Does Not Discipline His Child, Part 1 by Julio Severo

Home Education Research: New Zealand Universities by Craig Smith

Over a Cuppa: Living Next Door by Kendra Fletcher

CHomeS Roundup: Home Educators Impress Again

Graduates Speak: Hero Makers by Rebecca Severn

Tough Questions People Ask: What Will You Do If Home Education (or Smacking) Becomes Illegal? – Conviction versus Preference, Part 2 (Final) by David Gibbs

Learning Disabilities: My Experiences with Vision Thinking Sensory Problems & Communication Difficulties, Part 2 by Temple Grandin

Plus more…..


May 2006 (1 copies only)

Feature Family: Bruce and Joanna Hingston

The Faith of Us Fathers: When a Father Does Not Discipline His Child by Julio Severo

Over a Cuppa: Interview with Sally Clarkson Interviewer Genevieve Smith

Graduates Speak: Interview with Sarah Clarkson Interviewer Genevieve Smith

Exploring God’s Creation: Interview with Dr J Wile Interviewer Genevieve Smith

Learning Disibilities: My Experiences with Visual Thinking Sensory Problems and Communication Difficulties, Pt 3 by Temple Grandin

and more……


July 2006 (10 copies only)

Feature Family: Nicholas and Daphne Tamme

The Faith of Us Fathers: Answering the Critics by Geoffrey Botkin

Home Education Research: Reinventing the Schoolroom, Part 1 by Allan Carlson, Ph.D; Watching Sex on TV Predicts Adolescent Initiation of Sexual Behavior

In Line With Scripture: Bow Your Knee by Rev Mark Rushdoony

Graduates Speak: Full, Satisfied and Forgotten by Amber L DeLadurantey

Tough Questions People Ask: What if You Fail? by Marybeth Whalen

Over a Cuppa: Helping Your Husband to Walk on Water by Cindy Schaap

Teaching Tips: Secondary Literature by Mike McHugh

Worldviews in Focus: Interview with Nancy Pearcey Interviewer Michael Farris

Learning Disabilities: My Experiences with Visual Thinking Sensory Problems and Communication Difficulties, Part 4 (Final) by Temple Grandin, Ph.D

plus more………


To purchase please email or ring 06 357-4399 Thanks

Return of the Daughters DVD

Return of the Daughters

58 minutes in length
Widescreen NTSC, all regions
50 minutes of extra materials

For the first time in America’s history, young ladies can expect to encounter a large gap between their years of basic training and the time when they marry… if they marry. Now Christian girls all throughout our country are seriously asking: What’s a girl to do with her single years?

Two years after the publication of their best-selling book, So Much More, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin are taking the message of visionary daughterhood to a new level and into a new medium. This highly-controversial documentary will take viewers into the homes of several young women who have dared to defy today’s anti-family culture in pursuit of a biblical approach to daughterhood, using their in-between years to pioneer a new culture of strength and dignity, and to rebuild Western Civilization, starting with the culture of the home.

β€œAfter twenty-five years of speaking to the home-school movement, I have never seen a more effective tool to reach the hearts of fathers who love their daughters but don’t know how to lead them, than this powerful DVD by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin.”
β€”Dr. Marshall Foster

As the home goes, so often goes the church, and society at large. Learn along with Anna Sofia and Elizabeth, the fulfilling, exciting life of impact and accomplishment that young women can and should have. Discover the power of the family unit and a picture of the biblical home as the center of dominion work β€” a vibrant center of education, ministry, evangelism, culture, entrepreneurialism, and hospitality.

Watch the trailer for Return of the Daughters:

Return of the Daughters
Botkin sister’s blog:

More info on the DVD: Here

$35.00 including postage.

Please order by sending an email to or ringing 021 0278 2221 or on Trademe: Here